Libyan navy rescues 217 migrants from stranded boats

African migrants rescued from a ship off the coast of Zawiyah, about 45 kilometers west of the Libyan capital Tripoli, disembark at the dock at the capital’s naval base. (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 18 April 2018
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Libyan navy rescues 217 migrants from stranded boats

BENGHAZI: Libya’s navy says it has rescued 217 African migrants from two rubber boats that were stranded in the Mediterranean Sea.
A navy statement issued Wednesday says there were 85 women and 10 children among the migrants, who were trying to reach southern Europe.
The navy says the migrants, who were found on Tuesday, were taken a naval base in the capital, Tripoli.
Libya was plunged into chaos following a 2011 uprising and is now split between rival governments in the east and west, each backed by an array of militias.
The chaos has made Libya a frequently used route to Europe for migrants fleeing poverty and conflicts in Africa and the Middle East.
Libya has worked to stem the flow of migrants, with assistance from the European Union.


American believed killed by isolated tribe on Indian island

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American believed killed by isolated tribe on Indian island

  • Police officer Vijay Singh said seven fishermen have been arrested for facilitating the American’s visit to North Sentinel Island
  • The Sentinelese people live on their own small forested island and are known to resist all contact with outsiders

NEW DELHI: An American is believed to have been killed by an isolated Indian island tribe known to fire at outsiders with bows and arrows, police said on Wednesday.
Police officer Vijay Singh said seven fishermen have been arrested for facilitating the American’s visit to North Sentinel Island, where the killing apparently occurred. Visits to the island are heavily restricted by the government.
The Sentinelese people live on their own small forested island and are known to resist all contact with outsiders, often attacking anyone who comes near.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.
Indian media reports said the American was on an adventure trip to the islands and his body was found by the fishermen. However, Singh said the police were in the process of recovering the body.
Singh said the man was killed on Saturday. He declined to give any other details, saying he was investigating the case.
Poachers are known to fish illegally in the waters around the island, catching turtles and diving for lobsters and sea cucumbers. Tribespeople killed two Indian fishermen in 2006 when their boat broke loose and drifted onto the shore.